Humbled Man

by the Vinyl Skyway

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This song was written in dedication to the story of Brian Wilson, well before the Smile album was recovered. I wrote this in 1996 while studying music at Berklee College of Music.


Why'd they wipe the smile from you?
Nothin' better they could do
Decades passed, your orange crate stands
humbled man, I can hear your hands
Once you reached a higher plane
then we all forgot your name
who wrote the songs and reached the notes
who sold his soul for a man remote
pet noises and fine faces
wild times and strange California places


released June 10, 1997
Michael Hayes


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the Vinyl Skyway Boston, Massachusetts

The Vinyl Skyway is an American rock group led by singer/songwriters Michael Hayes and Andy Santospago, established in 2003. Music critic Jonathan Perry observes that "writing stunning songs that soar and transcend whatever difficult circumstances that inspired them is something this band has always done supremely well." “Long Cool Journey” will be released May of 2018 and is now on pre-order. ... more

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